Romanian hip hop artist DOC got started as a rapper in the mid-1990s in Bucharest, as a founding member of C.T.C.
, a local independent hip-hop group, who would make their name as promising novices in Romanian rap music by the end of the decade. Together with bandmates Deliric1
, Munteanu was involved in managing Facem Records, a local independent hip hop record label, founded in 1999 by C.T.C. co-founder Vlad Dobrescu
and DJ Paul (8)
. The group steadily built its fame amongst Romanian underground hip-hop enthusiasts, managing to release their debut album in 2005, following a string of failed attempts at recording for various record labels, such as Urban Records (3)
. While C.T.C. never officially entered hiatus, Munteanu, similarly to his bandmates, embarked on a lengthy and successful solo career following the release of their debut effort. Initially performing as El-Doctor, he shortened his stage name first to L-Doc and ultimately settled on DOC for his Romanian releases.